Q: What do I do with the styling that I learn? A: There are two large styling categories: the first one is based on the learning of general moves. This can translate into a short choreography or simply into studying the moves alone in front of a mirror. The second category consists of dancing in couples. For instance, we explore different variations of the Cross Body Lead. We put the arm movements into context. We usually start with the first category and proceed with the second one. Q: Why should I buy dance shoes? A: Dance shoes are lighter than common shoes. They provide women’s ankles with better support. The sole is often made of suede which helps the dancer turn. You may purchase a brush to scrape the suede sole in order to stick a bit to the floor or to slide better. Q: What is the footwork for? A: The footwork, commonly referred to as shines, originates from New York, more specifically from Eddie Torres. On the one hand, learning Shines aims to improve your style. On the other hand, it contributes to your balance and to your body’s memory. A further objective is to perform the steps with your partner on the dance floor without leading. At first, you use the footwork seen in class, but as you get more comfortable, your start improvising.
Once again this week, a student came to see me and told me that her friend had been ditched on the dance floor in the middle of a song. C’mon, fellas! Her friend was humiliated, and she refused to dance for the rest of the night. It’s understandable. Just imagine what she felt like. Of course, she was a beginner and you know as well as I do that a beginner’s self-esteem is fragile. You have no idea how many people I had to comfort after such a situation. It’s a steep mountain to recovery, and sometimes it is simply impossible to climb. It’s a shame that she will never dance again. So, I’d like to send a message to the person who left her hanging on the dance floor: “What gives you the right to take someone and leave them high and dry without the courtesy to even finish a simple song? Why are you so special that you allow yourself the right to deny her valiant effort to dance for the first time with you? Maybe it’s because she would not allow you to show off your best moves to the crowd? Did you forget to ENJOY and share this musical moment? You probably think that not everyone deserves to dance with you, Your Highness. I think you have forgotten the basic rules of courtesy and respect. Since you seem to have missed that one, I invite you to a lesson in ethics on our Latin dance school’s dance floor. Divided into several phases, this class also impacts positively your manners and your relationships with others, and makes you realize your true value. Of course, some people underestimate themselves, but others become big-headed [...]